UCR to Showcase Its Best in Science, Technology and Arts at Downtown Riverside Event

The 2013 Long Night of Arts and Innovation will kick off at 4 p.m., Oct. 10

Photo shows musicians performing.

Live music at last year’s Long Night of Arts & Innovation. Photo credit: Carlos Puma.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — More than 70 faculty members and graduate students at the University of California, Riverside will participate as presenters in the Long Night of Arts & Innovation, an eight-hour event that showcases the best science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and creative arts projects in inland Southern California.

Back by popular demand, the free event will be held in downtown Riverside on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4 p.m. to midnight.  Nearly 6,500 people attended the event last year.

“UC Riverside’s world class faculty will present exciting topics to our community during the Long Night of Arts & Innovation on October 10,” said Jackie Olds, program chair of the event and wife of UCR Medical School Dean G. Richard Olds. “Here’s an opportunity to sample UCR’s best for future course selections.”

Inspired by the Long Night of Science (“Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften”), held every two years, at Erlangen, Riverside’s German sister city, the event will showcase projects from UCR, La Sierra University, California Baptist University, Riverside Community College, the Riverside Unified School District and the Alvord Unified School District.

Photo shows Cheryl Hayashi giving a talk.

Spider silk expert Cheryl Hayashi gave a presentation on her research at last year’s event. She will present this year as well. Photo credit: Carlos Puma.

At the event, UCR graduate students and faculty will be on hand to display and explain both live and curated insect displays from around the world.  Spiders and their silk will also be on display.  A collection of displays will illustrate predictions about Riverside’s future climate and the science behind climate change.   Interactive displays will explain how color impacts temperature.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to understand tectonic plates and Southern California’s major earthquake faults, how safe our drinking water is, and whether it’s true that plants cry for help when they sense threat.

Presentations by UCR researchers also include a talk covering the impact that invasive insect pests have on the economy and well-being of California; and a presentation on how different designs from living organisms are helping make the next generation engineering materials.

“The Long Night of Arts and Innovation provides a unique opportunity for the Riverside community to learn how the research we are doing at UCR affects their daily life – from climate change to insect pests to earthquakes to new varieties of fruits – there will be something of interest to everyone,” said Marylynn Yates, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Arts projects by UCR researchers include a hip hop theater, a reading from a novel about the experience of farm workers told from a child’s point of view, how students survived assimilation in the Sherman Institute, a live experimental music performance, and a “Gangnum Style” dance.

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The Department of Entomology displayed a vast collection of creepy crawlies at last year’s event. The department will have another display this year. Photo credit: Carlos Puma.

“Riverside is an exciting place to live, and that is due, in part, to its active arts community. We are pleased to be an integral part of that scene,” said Stephen E. Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. “In many ways, the arts and humanities are the heart and soul of the university and the community, and we look forward to the opportunity for our faculty and graduate students to present a sampling of their creative and thoughtful research that enriches all of us.”

In the realm of medicine, UCR faculty will discuss the intersection between the medical profession and human rights, the role of storytelling in medicine, and how deadly viruses can jump from flora and fauna to humans. Specifically for young children, experts will demonstrate how to take blood pressure and measure pulse and heartbeats.  Young children will also have the opportunity to color pages showing the body’s major organs.  Young adults can get their questions about pursuing a medical career answered at the event.

This year, the event will feature “Curious Kids,” an interactive and entertaining zone filled with activities for children ten years of age or younger.  School children can each avail of a Long Night Passport and get it stamped at the various presentations to record their attendance.

Innovative chefs will demonstrate their culinary skills at the event.  Downtown Riverside eateries will remain open until midnight.  A food court, with low-cost options for event attendees, will also be available.

A full schedule of events at the Long Night of Arts & Innovation can be found here.  Parking information can be found here.

UCR has arranged for free transportation from campus to downtown every half hour beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m.  Pick up and drop off locations are Parking Lot 1 on campus (near the information kiosk) and the Culver Center in downtown Riverside (near University Ave. and Main Street).

UCR is a platinum sponsor of the event.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-6050
E-mail: iqbal@ucr.edu
Twitter: UCR_Sciencenews

Additional Contacts

Jackie Olds, program chair
E-mail: oldsjackie@yahoo.com

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